Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Completely Boring Post in Which I Rant About 24 Freaking Hours of Daylight

Well, maybe 16 hours of freaking daylight but still. Way too much sunshine. Especially when I'm tired and want to go to bed and not have to take extraordinary measures to sleep.... (Eyeshades. Check. Blinds drawn. Check. Earplugs. Check.) Not to mention the idiot voice in the back of my head that's warning me I'm burning daylight and I could get so much more done if I just...........

No. Turn it off! What's with the I Must Accomplish Something Dictum, anyway? Why do I care, and what exactly do I want to get done? Other than lounging around reading, knitting and watching TV. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much all I've "accomplished" lately anyway. Sort of. More mindless viewing of E's 25 Hottest Celebrities! or VH1 - The 80's! than anything else. And what turned out to be a soft porn version of Fanny Hill that really bummed me out when Oliver Reed (why I rented it in the first place) appeared a half hour into it talking like Mickey Mouse with an English accent. I can't wait for Off the Map to show up [Netflix], courtesy of a recommendation from KSD. Sam Elliott and J K Simmons?

Look! A puppy! To distract you.

And look! A blocking Shell. And a disdainful Hezekiah, but that's neither here nor there.

Howevah! I have officially cast on Elizabeth I and worked the first.......uh, four rows, but she is now an official WIP.

Continuing to work on the Big Critter Blanket but miles and miles of stockinette stitch in Wool-Ease makes me want to strangle myself with the circ after an inch or two. You can't see how awful the tension is, or the odd yo's and skipped stitches in this pic, but it's the best I could get. Look at the size of the thing! That was evidently the back of ........something. A sweater, I'm guessing [it had arm decreases]. For who, I couldn't guess. Do I know the Jolly Green Giant? Well enough to brave the Boyfriend Curse?

So. To spare myself strangulation, and to cater to my latest obsession of Log Cabin knitting while still being both charitable & productive, the latest WIP is a Log Cabin Square for the Critter Charity drive out of Red Heart turquoise yarn (I have 5 skeins of the stuff) and some unidentified black yarn.

You know what's a truly wonderful thing? Work with Red Heart yarn for awhile and then pick up Elsabeth Lavold's Silky Wool. OMG. It is positively rapturous to knit with.

Not that I care that the former is acrylic or whatever and the lattter isn't - my snobbishness tends to run to 1) Does it itch? It'll be great for the shelter. It'd be great for a new kitchen throw rug too, I keep thinking, except my kitchen runs towards pink and blonde wood and the Red Heart is pretty clearly TURQUOISE. I can't imagine what I was going to make out of it. Five skeins?

Books read for the Summer Reading Challenge & Summer Reading Program, a book I actually had on my list! Wait. I'm not done with The Uncrowned Kings of England. I meant Not A Creature Was Stirring by Jane Haddam (*L) (287 pages) A Gregor Demarkian mystery that Bron recommended awhile back. Pretty good. The murderer was who I thought and for the reasons I figured, but I was never entirely sure and besides, I really wanted the murderer to be the annoying guy. The book is the launch of a retired, widowed Armenian FBI agent who specialized in serial killers and is enticed back into law enforcement by a former protegee to solve the murder in a wealthy businessman's family. Well, Gregor was invited to dinner the night of the murder and......geez. Enough spoilers. It was a nice fast sweet read, particularly after slogging through the End Note King.

*L = Library book. I decided to keep track of whether it's a library book, a book on my TBR shelf or if I just bought it.


Blogger Marina said...

Hey, maybe it was relic from those days when way oversized tops teamed with skinny leggings was in fashion? Eeew!

Hey, don't be mean to the cat. I'm glad mine leaves my stuff along!

4:00 PM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

Turquoise? hmm. I have a few miles of old rust-orange wintuck buried in my stash... a thrift store bag find.

that mystery book sounds great - I'm about a quarter of a way through Black Coffee.. and she's already given everyone a motive and opportunity so that I don't know yet if just one of them poisoned the coffee.. or.. *gasp* maybe all of them did? eep! Will have to look into that other book too - I love mysteries :o)

4:26 PM  
Blogger Aven said...

Hey, you only have 14.87 hours of daylight today -- we have 15.33 hours here! (From sunrise to sunset). Yes, your post drove me to find online sunrise/sunset calculator and charts...

Of course, here in the dark northern climes, we are very pleased to have long days of sunshine, so I find your complaint perplexing! :)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

OK, what's the sweet dog's name? Super cuteness there.

Turquiose Red Heart? I bet that's quite electric. Perfect for a blanket!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Silky Wool is da bomb!

Surrender to the Log Cabin!! I've completely gone head over heels for it.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow, you can block in the same room as a cat???

8:41 PM  
Anonymous mrspao said...

I'm completely in love with the puppy :)

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

I just want to snuggle that pup, so nice and furry!

We're desperately trying to finish up the x-files series, it's like a quest, must finish x-files. We recently finished Start Trek Voyager. Next we have to watch some movies!

9:52 AM  
Blogger KSD said...

Meet someone else who is rather obsessive about feeling that something's been accomplished in a day! But, if I've read several pages, knit several rows, laughed with my children, I HAVE accomplished something. Right? ;)

Hope you like "Off the Map." My Sam is splendid, but I thought JK was just outstanding. Have you heard him sing? (JK, not Sam.)

12:50 PM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

I went to the library to look up your mystery book -- but dumb me! - I was in such a hurry not to be on the Internet computer so long looking at your post, that I didn't get the author name right -- here is the dumb part... well of course they don't have any books by Gregor Demarkian.. would they? ;o)

try again on Saturday!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Kat with a K said...

Ooh, Jane Haddam! One of my absolute favorite writers!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Peevish said...

That is one sweet puppy!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

Oooo...A cat, and knitting on the floor. I learned a long time ago NOT to do that. Usually ends up with pins all over the place and said cat rolling in the knitted pieces.


5:24 AM  
Blogger teabird17 said...

The book sounds really interesting - and - oh, what a cute puppy - what was I saying?
Oh yes.
What a good idea - a Log Cabin for a critter!

1:13 PM  

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